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Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray, “Kite Zo A” (Michael Brun Remix)

When Joseph Ray of Nero traveled to Haiti, he met with local roots musician and teacher Steeve Valcourt, and his musical perspective was forever changed. Ray spent the next few months learning and working with Valcourt and his band Lakou Mizik, transforming traditional Vodou chants into organic-house hybrids.

It’s only fitting that Michael Brun, perhaps the most successful Haitian electronic producer to hit the scene, is reinterpreting those moods in his own sultry style. Brun puts his touch on the tack “Kite Zo A,” a song that in its original form comes on as a slow and steady-burning trance of groove. Brun adds more tropical depth and dance-floor function, but the lyrical chants and rhythm remain complete, which — as Valcourt told us in our feature with the collaborators — is the true soul of these Vodou traditions. May Brun’s remix bring ever more international attention to this lasting cultural legacy. — KAT BEIN

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